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Google Translate Mark-Up Triggers a WMT Error?
gehrlekrona

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Msg#: 4499510 posted 12:17 am on Sep 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

I wanted to add Google translation to my site so I went to Webmaster tools and got the code to put in. One meta tag you put in the header and one you put in the page. Nothig advanced at all.
I KNOW I did it right but today in my WMT I get tons of errors saying it couldn't crawl this URL...
<meta name="google-translate-customization" content="some code"></meta>
How fun is that when you follow their suggestions and they can't even crawl their own link?
Is there any other way of having your site translated to other languages without pying an arm or a leg? I used some other script before and it did well translating the page but not the META tags so I got duplicates :(

 

tedster

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Msg#: 4499510 posted 1:03 pm on Sep 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

Are you using Google's Translate API - the newest version? See https://developers.google.com/translate/v2/getting_started

gehrlekrona

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Msg#: 4499510 posted 1:34 pm on Sep 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

Ii use(d) the meta tag in the header and the java script in the code. As soon as thee crawled the pages there were to.s of errors Di.e if was added to a side bar that is common for all pages. I didn't save the exact error message but the paths were totally wrong. I looked at the code and it was exactly from the any page, copied and pasted. I instantly removed their code but the rosy, hits are lower again. Not sure it us correlated.....

tedster

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Msg#: 4499510 posted 2:10 pm on Sep 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

A couple more questions:

1. Is the source code for the page static HTML - or is it generated by some kind of dynamic application?

2. Have you tried to validate a test version of the page with the meta tag and the JavaScript added?

I would be especially attentive to any JavaScript errors. I don't immediately see how the meta tag would be the culprit.

gehrlekrona

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Msg#: 4499510 posted 2:18 pm on Sep 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

It is php generated pages. Too bad I "fixed the error" so I can't see it anymore. I am sure it mentioned the meta tag but it could be a java script error. Whatever if us, it shouldn't give an error when Yak.g their code copied and pasted...

lucy24

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Msg#: 4499510 posted 7:33 pm on Sep 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

Whatever if us, it shouldn't give an error when Yak.g their code copied and pasted...

If the above is typical, I'd worry. Gremlins in your copy-and-paste mechanism can do just as much harm as willful hackers.

gehrlekrona

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Msg#: 4499510 posted 10:48 pm on Sep 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

I checked and everything looked the same. It says to copy the script which I did. I might try again just to see if I get the same error. I don't really trust WMT since they have a lit of weird stuff un there that doesn't make sense. I have pages that are 301'nd but Google still say I have duplicate rages and refers to an old page and a new one...

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